(CNN) - A high school senior who had asked Joe Biden to her prom got quite the surprise last week when she received a corsage and a hand-written note from the vice president.
Talia Maselli of Newington, Connecticut, invited Biden last fall to be her guest.
Maselli told CNN she addressed her letter to "Mr. Vice President; Man of Many Chuckles."
"I am inviting you so far in advance because I am sure many 17-year-old girls send you prom invitations, & I had to beat them to it. I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be accompanied by the most delightful man in all of America–Joe Biden," she wrote.
In the letter, Maselli said she’d ask House Speaker John Boehner if Biden turned her down. "And we can't have that now can we," she wrote.
Maselli assumed her letter would get brushed aside by an aide. But much to her surprise, she received a delivery last Thursday, the day before prom. The florist said it was from the Secret Service.
"I am flattered, but my schedule will not permit me to be in Connecticut on Friday evening," the vice president said in the note. "But I hope you will accept this corsage and enjoy your prom as much as I did mine."
At first, Maselli told CNN, she thought it was a prank from her mom. After realizing it wasn't a prank, her mom called the number on the card accompanying the corsage. Expecting the florist, Maselli said her mom was connected to a secretary in the vice president's office.
Maselli said she was "shocked" not only that Biden responded but that he invited her to the White House.
Maselli, however, didn't end up going to prom.
"I'd rather go to the White House anyway!" she said.
And what will she do with the flowers?
Right now, the red, white and blue corsage is in the refrigerator. There are three bracelets attached to the flowers, which Maselli said she'll definitely be holding onto.
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.